Elementary

MI Al Istiqomah - Pulo Gadung, Jakarta
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After renovation - October 2005, for 96 children
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Mrs. Markamah, the principal, in front of the school built by HDIF: MI Al Istiqomah Elementary School, Pulo Gadung, Jakarta
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In a clasroom
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In a clasroom
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Playing and learning
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Before - Students Primary 1-6 are crammed in a poor condition classroom
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Before-school condition
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Most families here live below poverty line
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The school is located in a polluted environment
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Stagnant water
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Family of four lives here
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Working as garbage collector as their main income to support family

Completed October 2005
Number of Students 96
School Cost USD 7.650

PuloGadung is an industrial area in the eastern suburbs of Jakarta, teeming with factories and warehouses. There is a high degree of pollution in the area. The place is also often flooded because it is below sea level. In such an environment, it is the children who suffer the most.

Despite industrialization, large portions of the people live below the poverty line. The 300 families living in one corner of the area barely survive by scavenging in mountains of trash, working in factories or cleaning services, all of which pay an average of only US$30 (IDR 300,000) each month.

It has only one elementary school in the area for Primary 1 - 6 students crammed into 2 classrooms with earth floors and leaking roof. Teaching and learning was difficult, especially when it rained.

The lone teacher, who also takes on the role of the principal, collected a monthly school fee of US 50 cents (IDR 5,000) from each student. Some parents are not even able to pay this fee and most struggle to keep their children in school. Without a regular income, the teacher herself lives in poverty. When the children reach their teens, their parents pull them out of school to help them scavenge.

In October 2005, HDI Foundation renovated and rebuilt the school building. The number of classrooms was increased to six. A teachers’ room and proper toilets were also added.